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Packers take UCLA defensive end Datone Jones at No. 26

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The Green Bay Packers elected to go back to the defensive line for the second straight year in a row by selecting UCLA defensive end Datone Jones with the 26th pick.

While last year’s selection, USC defensive end Nick Perry, was used in more of a standup linebacker role by the Packers last season, Jones is more likely to play with his hand on the ground. Jones could be a very solid fit for the Packers as an end in their 3-4 defense. At 6-foot-4, 283 pounds, Jones is a bigger end that can still pressure the quarterback.

Jones joins Jerel Worthy, C.J. Wilson and Mike Neal at the end position for Green Bay.

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55 Responses to “Packers take UCLA defensive end Datone Jones at No. 26”
  1. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 25, 2013 11:09 PM

    This guy looks great on film, and he gets to play on a team that can net him a ring early in his career.

  2. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 25, 2013 11:10 PM

    He was #1 on my draft board. Another fantastic pick by Mr. Ted Thompson. WHo’s better? Noone that’s whow.

  3. axespray says: Apr 25, 2013 11:11 PM

    Whew!
    Thinking Ted would wind up taking friggin’ Teo or something goofy…

    with the whole “Best Player Available” – I was concerned he’d wind up drafting Geno Smith or Teo…

  4. inyofaceagain says: Apr 25, 2013 11:12 PM

    Finally the Packers do something about that awful, awful defense.

  5. jrebar88 says: Apr 25, 2013 11:12 PM

    LOL

  6. melkipershero says: Apr 25, 2013 11:13 PM

    Teo isnt even close to best available

  7. axespray says: Apr 25, 2013 11:14 PM

    We just need him to bring some interior pass rush – bring back what Cullen Jenkins left with.

    Clay – Datone – Perry … nice trio, along with Neal/Daniels who both showed they can be somewhat productive as rotational pass rushers, gotta say I like our nickle front a lot better now.

  8. inyofaceagain says: Apr 25, 2013 11:15 PM

    Vikings are talking bout sneaking back into rd 1 for Teo… uh oh

  9. kotapug says: Apr 25, 2013 11:15 PM

    #1 on your board thank god your are not a gm and just a packer homer

  10. rajbais says: Apr 25, 2013 11:15 PM

    I predicted him going there in my 3rd out of 4 mock drafts.

  11. shaggytoodle says: Apr 25, 2013 11:17 PM

    The Packers haven’t been as effective on the DL since Jenkins left.

    I believe this guy will do well. I also think that in the short term it helps add depth to the line with Worthy missing a chunk of the up coming season.

    In the long term with a healthy Worthy and Jones could be great. Even more so if they are able to resign Raji.

  12. greengaypaqueers says: Apr 25, 2013 11:18 PM

    I thought they’d take an o-lineman to help keep Rodgers off his back, but with so many holes to fill in a soft defense, they could have picked anyone and it would be an upgrade. First day of rookie hazing for this guy will be learning how to braid Clay’s hair.

  13. themagicman1223 says: Apr 25, 2013 11:19 PM

    Damn he was #1 on Carl Gerbschmidt’s board.

  14. packmangamble says: Apr 25, 2013 11:20 PM

    Yeah, that’s right kotapub, where has your team ended up the last ten years? Right, that’s what I thought!

  15. ras1tafari says: Apr 25, 2013 11:21 PM

    Argh. I HATE Bill Belichick right now. Does this guy understand that you need TALENT TO WIN GAMES? I am f—king sick and tired of coming up short. He has officially f—ked Tom Brady in the ass for the last 9 years.

  16. shaggytoodle says: Apr 25, 2013 11:22 PM

    When TT says best available, I think he takes scheme into consideration.

    So for the 3-4 the Packers run, this guy was the best available.

    He drafts players that fit what the Packers do on the field.

    That’s why you don’t see them running to the FA pool after injuries start occurring, as they did last year in the secondary or LB core.

  17. patriots420 says: Apr 25, 2013 11:23 PM

    Anyone else see the packers fan on espn with 7 and a half teeth yelling “go paaayyhhkhers” lol not hating just a funny stereotype that had to show the one guy, from Wisconsin to represent them all, even tho there are a lot of his kind at packer games

  18. shinedown37 says: Apr 25, 2013 11:36 PM

    Would love to see the packers trade up and take Lacy in round 2. If not then Honey Badger.

  19. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 25, 2013 11:38 PM

    patriots420 says:
    Apr 25, 2013 11:23 PM
    Anyone else see the packers fan on espn with 7 and a half teeth yelling “go paaayyhhkhers” lol not hating just a funny stereotype that had to show the one guy, from Wisconsin to represent them all, even tho there are a lot of his kind at packer games

    —-

    Martial law has messed this guy up.

    Never mind, not leaving his parents basement is normal.

  20. kennyrogerschicken says: Apr 25, 2013 11:45 PM

    greengaypaqueers says:
    Apr 25, 2013 11:18 PM
    I thought they’d take an o-lineman to help keep Rodgers off his back, but with so many holes to fill in a soft defense, they could have picked anyone and it would be an upgrade. First day of rookie hazing for this guy will be learning how to braid Clay’s hair.

    ———————————-

    Your name is beyond offensive and not at all clever – grow up and find some class.

  21. kyannalashae says: Apr 25, 2013 11:47 PM

    axespray says:
    Apr 25, 2013 11:11 PM
    Whew!
    Thinking Ted would wind up taking friggin’ Teo or something goofy…

    with the whole “Best Player Available” – I was concerned he’d wind up drafting Geno Smith or Teo…
    _________________________________
    I feared the same thing lol,Thank God Ted T chose Datone Jones!

  22. GenXJay says: Apr 25, 2013 11:53 PM

    Too many holes to plug in swiss cheese.Teo is more likely to be a Packer instead of a Viking…ha!

  23. wisbadgers says: Apr 26, 2013 12:00 AM

    @rajbais.

    Who mock drafts the real NFL draft? Are you that psyched for fantasy football that you’re pre-mocking the real draft.
    When it comes to die-hard fans, you sir, are in a class by yourself.

  24. thraiderskin says: Apr 26, 2013 12:02 AM

    I live in La Crosse Wisconsin, But I made so much fun of the Packers that It was almost an issue at the bar. Luckilly I was bigger than the Packer fans, so it didn’t matter. The pick of the Packers in the first round was terrible, justin harrell bad.

  25. thraiderskin says: Apr 26, 2013 12:06 AM

    Also, This was laughaable.. sorry P-fans, my wife is with you, but I can’t stop laughing.

  26. packfaninchitown says: Apr 26, 2013 12:14 AM

    Another great pic by the mad genius TT!

    Meanwhile, the Bears pick Kyle Long at #20? The man started four games at the FCS level. four…

    Loving it…

  27. coleman121280 says: Apr 26, 2013 12:15 AM

    Reap The World Wind Gentleman…

    Minnesota Reign is bringing the pain to anything wearing urine and booger stains. Three first round picks say it all, Purple Reign Bout to DOMINATE em all.

    So bring up the past and glory days of old. But the future belongs to MVPETERSON THE DON!..

  28. thraiderskin says: Apr 26, 2013 12:16 AM

    I live in wisconsin, La Crosse to be exact, what a joke. to say the least.

  29. onbucky96 says: Apr 26, 2013 12:34 AM

    Nice. He’s no Justin Harrell.

  30. ososrule says: Apr 26, 2013 12:43 AM

    filthy has downs syndrome. Packers are screwed! NFC North will be completely different next year. Packers fans for sure have the retard stereotype, no doubt, lol.

  31. thundersandpackers says: Apr 26, 2013 12:54 AM

    Last time I checked Packers are playing a 3-4 defense. Jones is more of a 4-3. I also thought they wanted big bodies not undersize. Too small foe Def end and too big for LB. Booooooo

  32. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 26, 2013 1:08 AM

    GenXJay says:
    Apr 25, 2013 11:53 PM
    Too many holes to plug in swiss cheese.Teo is more likely to be a Packer instead of a Viking…ha!

    And yet, the Packers dominate your squad every year.

    It won’t change with three rookies.

    You still have ponder, and–let’s face it–that’s the biggest joke of all.

    Enjoy your night.

  33. expertop says: Apr 26, 2013 1:36 AM

    Great pick! I really like the way this guy looks. Carl G. and tokyosand: looking forward to some “tailgating” with you gents again.

  34. derekczajkowski says: Apr 26, 2013 1:38 AM

    Bust. And Carl check your draft board

  35. farvite says: Apr 26, 2013 1:49 AM

    Should have traded up for Floyd.

  36. wludford says: Apr 26, 2013 2:29 AM

    Kind of a ho-hum pick for the Packers. They need help on defense, maybe this guy will help upgrade the defensive line.

    Of course that’s what they drafted last year with Worthy and it didn’t work out.

    Grade: B

  37. tokyosanbblaster says: Apr 26, 2013 5:32 AM

    Crossing my fingers for Te’o on Friday! I love that guy! C’mon Ted, sow us why you’re the stud of GM’s!

  38. 28for20 says: Apr 26, 2013 5:43 AM

    Packers. meet your next draft bust!

  39. billh1947 says: Apr 26, 2013 6:11 AM

    Just hope he doesnt turn out to be a Harrel or Reynolds two of Teds huge failures.hope he trades up to get Lacy,they need a three down consistant great running back to help out the passing game and he is the one of the two best on the board.

  40. localoutlaw says: Apr 26, 2013 7:15 AM

    Datone is his name and the boy’s coming straight outta Compton!

  41. ronin36 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:09 AM

    I was watching and half expected GB to trade down….

    I was expecting one of the QB wanting teams to trade back into the bottom of the 1st. I believed either GB or NE would have been keen to the idea.

    Overall I’m happy with the pick…

    And the even better? Tonight I don’t have to sit through some stupid “lego building block” analogy.

  42. 13xworldchamps says: Apr 26, 2013 9:45 AM

    coleman121280 says:Apr 26, 2013 12:15 AM

    Reap The World Wind Gentleman…

    Minnesota Reign is bringing the pain to anything wearing urine and booger stains. Three first round picks say it all, Purple Reign Bout to DOMINATE em all.

    So bring up the past and glory days of old. But the future belongs to MVPETERSON THE DON!..
    ———————————————————-

    Nice Moves by the Vikings? We will see. Neither the corner nor the receiver you took have first round grades…the reason Jennings left the Packers is because the ball was being spread around to much, now he has to share it not only with Peterson, but with Rudolph and a new first round receiver.

    As far as I can tell, the Packers have beat the vikings in 6 of the last 7 games they’ve played, including a play off game…..it’s just the draft, Champions aren’t crowned in April…..But then again what would any Vikings fan know about being crowned a champion?

  43. patriots420 says: Apr 26, 2013 10:09 AM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Apr 25, 2013 11:38 PM
    patriots420 says:
    Apr 25, 2013 11:23 PM
    Anyone else see the packers fan on espn with 7 and a half teeth yelling “go paaayyhhkhers” lol not hating just a funny stereotype that had to show the one guy, from Wisconsin to represent them all, even tho there are a lot of his kind at packer games

    —-

    Martial law has messed this guy up.

    Never mind, not leaving his parents basement is normal.

    ————–

    ? Are you talking about me or the packers fan on tv? I don’t know if that is a slight or you are in agreement with the packer fan. Don’t want to offend someone in agreement with me.

    I thought it was a slight but that was weak if aimed at me

  44. jcaro5566 says: Apr 26, 2013 10:19 AM

    I don’t know what Viking fans are so happy about…. they gave up 4 picks for the for the 3rd WR taken. Looks like another Herschel Walker deal deal to me.

  45. GenXJay says: Apr 26, 2013 10:44 AM

    Don’t worry yourself, Patriots420.
    tokyosandblaster is harmless. Everything that cheesehead says is weak.

  46. keevel says: Apr 26, 2013 11:09 AM

    billh1947 says: Apr 26, 2013 6:11 AM

    Just hope he doesnt turn out to be a Harrel or Reynolds two of Teds huge failures.
    ———————————————————-

    Jamal Reynolds was a Mike Sherman pick and well before Ted Thompson.

    Datone Jones does not has Harrell’s medical question marks. The 2010 broken foot is less scary than a repeatedly torn bicep + Back issues.

  47. jhtobias says: Apr 26, 2013 12:03 PM

    Viking fan goes out and buys their first computer to celebrate their three first round picks love it..

    The paper champs blew all their kids college fund by buying a 400.00 labtop to let the world know they are superbowl bound without playing a down of football…

    Queens calm down

  48. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 26, 2013 1:37 PM

    It will be Packers, niners, or Seahawks vs Denver.

    There’s your Super Bowl.

    Enjoy watching, everyone else. Your teams aren’t elite.

  49. dcviking says: Apr 26, 2013 1:48 PM

    Well if that’s the case, I guess its the niners or seahawks vs denver —- since both of them owned Green Bay last year.

  50. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 26, 2013 2:17 PM

    I think this was the perfect pick to ensure that the Packers continue beating the Bears and Vikings twice per season as they have for the past 3 years.

  51. jt1138 says: Apr 26, 2013 2:50 PM

    patriots420 says:
    Apr 25, 2013 11:23 PM
    Anyone else see the packers fan on espn with 7 and a half teeth yelling “go paaayyhhkhers” lol not hating just a funny stereotype that had to show the one guy, from Wisconsin to represent them all, even tho there are a lot of his kind at packer games

    —-

    He didn’t have 7 and a half teeth. He had a gap similar to Strahan. Nice try, but you are hating.

  52. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 26, 2013 2:58 PM

    Meh. I choose not to argue with ignorant fans like Vikings/lions.

    It’s beneath me, as a fan of the best franchise in the sport.

    The lions had “an amazing draft” then went 4-12.

    The difference between the packers and the rest of the NFC north is that the packers draft for depth, even in the first round. The Vikings are drafting starters because their players quite simply aren’t on the same level as the packers.

    Once you’ve cleared that whole Super Bowl hurdle, I might take you seriously. Until then, I’ll probably just continue to laugh at you.

  53. deltaoracle says: Apr 26, 2013 4:23 PM

    Mini did well on paper though I’m not totally sold on Cindarella Patterson. One year of big college ball and reportedly sort of a hammerhead.
    Oh well – Vikings are the off-season Super Bowl champs – AGAIN.
    Packers should add a couple more good players today. Not hoping for Lacy though – he’s got too many hard miles on him.

  54. GenXJay says: Apr 26, 2013 5:46 PM

    FilthyHigh&mighty, “beneath?”
    c’mon now, between your lousy lines of comment, you like the Vikings.
    They sail the sea of cheese twice a season. & every meeting a tiny purple flame ignites in that Limburger heart of yours.

  55. dwhitehurst says: Apr 27, 2013 2:59 AM

    deltaoracle says: Apr 26, 2013 4:23 PM

    Oh well – Vikings are the off-season Super Bowl champs – AGAIN.
    ———–

    Indeed…and they award themselves a “Bud Grant” Trophy, a cup filled with empty cigar wrappers. ;)

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